Flowers

Flowers

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Damaged Petal

The “droopiness” seen here is caused by a laceration in the petal which most likely happened during transit or handling. This individual flower is permanently damaged and will not recover. Be sure not to mistake this symptom for under-watering. You may remove the petal or flower for a better appearance.

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Bud Blast (early)

Your orchid is experiencing bud blast when the mature buds appear to be shriveled and begin to fall off the plant. This can be caused by a number of different problems, including under-watering, cold temperatures, low humidity, or damage to the buds. If the orchids leaves appear healthy, and it is being kept in an area with a temperature above 60°F, then the cause is probably bud damage. This could of happened during transit or handling when the bud was developing. These buds will not flower and will fall off. We recommend taking extra care when removing the orchid from the sleeve as the younger buds are extremely sensitive. We recommend paying close attention to your climate to make sure the bud blast is not being caused by another problem.

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Bud Blast (severe)

Your orchid is experiencing bud blast when the mature buds appear to be shriveled and begin to fall off the plant. This can be caused by a number of different problems, including under-watering, cold temperatures, low humidity, or damage to the buds. If the orchids leaves appear healthy, and it is being kept in an area with a temperature above 60°F, then the cause is probably bud damage. This could of happened during transit or handling when the bud was developing. These buds will not flower and will fall off. We recommend taking extra care when removing the orchid from the sleeve as the younger buds are extremely sensitive. We recommend paying close attention to your climate to make sure the bud blast is not being caused by another problem.

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Old Flowers

Once your orchid has completely bloomed, the flowers will eventually begin to shrivel because of age. These flowers will eventually fall from the plant. Your orchid should survive for several weeks after it has completely bloomed, so be sure that you are still watering correctly. Some varieties are stronger than others and may survive longer, so do not be alarmed if your white orchid lasts longer than your pink one!

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Dry Flowers

If your flower appears transparent or shriveled, as seen in the bottom flower of this image, then you are under-watering your plant. We recommend increasing the amount of water you use every week, water more frequently, or change your watering method. A way to check if your Phalaenopsis needs water is by placing your finger into the media several inches. If the media feels damp, do not water. If the media is dry, water immediately. At time of watering, you may also remove the Phalaenopsis from its decorative pot and place the plant under warm running water. Spin the orchid as the water flows through the media. Once you see the roots turn from grey to green, you may place the orchid back into the decorative pot after the water has drained completely through the plastic pot.

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Droopy Flowers

Droopy flower petals are caused by a dry plant. If you begin to notice the dorsal sepal (top petal) begin to fold back, it is time to give your orchid a good watering. The best way to remedy this situation is by removing your orchid from the ceramic and running it under a faucet with warm water. Slowly turn the plant and allow the water to completely drain before returning the plant to the ceramic.The roots should begin to change color from a light grey to a dark green. Your flowers will return to their normal state so do not be alarmed. The damage is not permanent. It is ok to let your orchid go a little dry, but do not wait too long because the flowers may start to fall!

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